What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

The generally accepted difference is that counselling is shorter-term and used if you have a specific or current difficulty such as the break-up of a relationship, work-related stress or a period of acute depression or anxiety. Psychotherapy is usually longer-term with a deeper focus on the underlying issues, often from the past, that may be causing problems in the present.

Many therapists do not accept these definitions or believe there is a difference.

My training covered both approaches – I might work with some clients for a few months and others for several years. My priority is to bring a level of intelligence, experience and therapeutic depth to the way I work with you, whether this is long or short-term.

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